Thursday, March 10, 2016

DC Superhero Girls On Television

It's hard to believe but the  DC Superhero Girls Initiative was announced almost a year ago. Since then there has been a slow but steady release of Superhero Girls content. We have the website (including shorts), games, books, and merchandise.

But all along I have been wondering about a show or a movie tie-in.

Well, earlier this week, DC Comics announced an Superhero Girls hour long special called 'Super Hero High' is going to air on March 19. Here is a link:

The plot sounds fun, a sort of mix of Teen Titans, Tiny Titans, and My Little Pony:Friendship Is Magic.

Super Hero High is buzzing with excitement over new student, Supergirl. But when Supergirl crash lands into the cafeteria, it's evident that though she has incredible power, she has a long way to go before she becomes a Super Hero. Too intimidated by the other supers to ask them for assistance, Supergirl turns to helpful I.T. girl, Barbara Gordon. Barbara takes Supergirl under her wing and introduces her to the sweet, old librarian, Granny Goodness. As Barbara helps Supergirl learn to harness her powers, Wonder Woman joins them and becomes a mentor and friend to Supergirl. Meanwhile, the Junior Detective Club (The Flash, Bumblebee and Hawkgirl) investigates a mysterious rash of security breaches centered around the teleportation “Boom Tubes.” Could it all be because of reformed Super-Villain and Super Hero High Vice-Principal Gorilla Grodd – or something far worse? 

I am thrilled that Supergirl and Batgirl are going to become friends in this incarnation of the characters. It has been a while since we have seen that version of World's Finest together. Supergirl has been described as sweet, adorkable, and  fun-loving. I think that her needing help to learn how to use her powers makes sense and adds that 'hero who is learning' element to the character that I love.

I do find it interesting that super-villains are on faculty. "Sweet" Granny Goodness? I suppose I already know who is using boom tubes. And Gorilla Grodd as vice-principal? Weird.

Of course, the student body includes 'villains' as well.

Supergirl hasn't appeared in any of the shorts on the website so this will truly be her introduction to this continuity.

We did hear about a 'Kryptonian rocket' and its 'female passenger' back in Episode 10 'Clubbing'. The Metropolis Junior Detective Club (members Batgirl, Hawkgirl, and Bumblebee) were trying to figure out where the whereabouts of the pilot.

It sounds like an all star line-up of voice actors as well.

The Super Hero High television special stars Anais Fairweather as Supergirl, Mae Margaret Whitman as Barbara Gordon and features an all-star voice cast of DC Comics universe veterans, including Greg Cipes, Tara Strong, Ashley Eckstein, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, Helen Slater and Dean Cain. Jennifer Coyle (Bob’s Burgers) is the television special’s producer and director. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) serves as executive producer. Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls) serves as writer of the television special and animated shorts, as well as the DC Comics graphic novel.

I don't know Anais Fairweather so I look forward to hearing how she handles Supergirl. But John DiMaggio has been in everything. Tara Strong has been in everything. Greg Cipes is a Titan veteran. But I was most intrigued to see Helen Slater and Dean Cain on the role call. Could they be playing Supergirl's parents? A sort of tie-in to the CBS show?

Can't wait to see this! 


Anonymous said...

When I saw this news, I have to admit my nerdgasm meter went off the charts! DC Superhero High has been a secret
guilty pleasure of mine on a biweekly basis, and I've been so wanting Supergirl to show up for the longest time.
As you said Anj, Ep 10 was the closest they got to even mentioning this character, and I was wondering if they
weren't going to show her until the next batch of episodes. Don't know if TPTB were just waiting for the right
time to showcase Supergirl or what... but the news of Supergirl's debut on the 19th, along with her close friendship
with Barbara Gordon is definately VERY welcome news! The news of Helen Slater and Dean Cain, whatever their roles
may be, is just cherries and whipped cream on top of things!

As for bad guys as good guys, admittedly DC Superhero High takes quite a bit of creative liberty with the characters'
backstories, so the presence of Granny Goodness and Gorilla Grodd doesn't surprise me.

Thanks for Sharing!


Anonymous said...

....aaaaaaand looks like DC Superhero High put up a trailer for the special.
With ACTUAL scenes and speaking lines for Supergirl! Yay! Now I REALLY can't
wait for this!!

Check it out!


Uncle Screensaver said...

I'm excited but also disappointed. They marketed this as such a huge thing but the merchandise is only at some Targets in the United States. They ship one Supergirl slingshot toy to Canada but not the actual action doll or action figure. I can't afford the prices on eBay, so I have to learn to just enjoy the cartoon and the books and graphic novels outside of that. Anyway, I don't think it's fair that they have marketed the series so much only to have the toys available to select places in the U.S.

Helen Slater and Dean Cain? Crazy! Sooo sweet!

Uncle Screensaver said...

BTW, I realize how First World whiny I am, I apologize!

Uncle Screensaver said...

OH WOW! They're her adoptive parents! Supergirl's mom is Supergirl Helen Slater! Too bad the special is only going to be in the U.S., I'll have to look for a torrent. Hopefully it will come out on Blu-Ray.

Anonymous said...

Agree with you Uncle Screensaver, hope they'll make available for streaming the special after Mar 19th, or on DVD. Always nice to have options. And yeah, be nice if they considered the fanbase (aka customers) outside of the contiguous 50 states. *shrugs*

Let the countdown of March begin! Between this, the BatmanvSuperman movie, and the Supergirl/Flash crossover! HAPPY TIMES!


Unknown said...

can someone please make a torrent of this ? living in Japan we had no chance to see this and my girl is a fan